India: Donald Trump begins first official trip

US President Donald Trump arrived to a massive public reception after he landed in India’s Gujarat state for his first official visit to the country.

Mr Trump was welcomed at the airport by PM Narendra Modi who enveloped him in a bear hug soon after he landed.

Mr Trump’s visit will focus on deepening ties between the world’s two largest democracies.

The two leaders are now en route to the Motera stadium, billed as the world’s largest cricket venue.

The two leaders are expected to address more than 100,000 people at a joint rally there. The event is being compared to the “Howdy, Modi!” rally they held in Houston last year which was attended by 50,000 people.

Thousands of Indians have lined the roads along the 22 km (13.6 miles) route, straining to get a glimpse of the two leaders. Billboards are emblazoned with pictures of the men and carry slogans such as “two dynamic personalities, one momentous occasion”.

The road show also features performers from across the country, showcasing the arts from different Indian states.

A visual of the Motera stadium

Mr Trump earlier made a quick stop at the Sabarmati Ashram, where Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi, who was born in Gujarat, lived for 13 years.

Mr Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tried their hand at the charka or spinning wheel, which is used to spin cloth. Gandhi popularised the act as a form of protest against foreign-made cloth during India’s independence movement.

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